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  1. February 23, 2014

    UK migration committee to unveil proposal for ‘visa auctions’

    Proposals due to be unveiled this week would allow UK visas to be auctioned off to the highest bidders, despite criticism...

  2. February 8, 2014

    UK immigration minister resigns over cleaner’s visa

    Immigration minister Mark Harper has resigned after being told that his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK,...

  1. September 6, 2013

    UK eases visa rules to allow more business visitors

    Ministers have announced changes to immigration rules in a bid to ease restrictions faced by business visitors and companies...

  2. September 4, 2013

    Customs checks overlooked during London Olympics

    The pressure to reduce immigration queues during London’s 2012 Olympic Games led to border officials overlooking important...

  3. August 29, 2013

    Setback for UK attempts to curb net migration

    Net migration to the UK has risen slightly to 176,000 as a result of fewer British and EU citizens leaving the country,...

  4. May 23, 2013

    Net migration to UK lowest in decade after fall in overseas students

    Net migration has fallen to its lowest level for a decade, driven by a decline in the number of overseas students which...

  5. May 14, 2013

    UK to try and simplify visas for Chinese tourists

    Home Office ministers are to start talks with Chinese tour operators in the hope of setting up an easier visa application...

  6. May 1, 2013

    Cameron frustrated over pace of UK immigration policy change

    David Cameron has acknowledged that the public is frustrated with the slow pace of change on immigration policy, but...

  7. April 8, 2013

    Foreigners face UK visa fee

    Foreigners in the UK seeking new visas or extensions to existing ones will soon have to pay a refundable £100 fee for their...

  8. March 25, 2013

    MPs question choice of Homer to lead Revenue

    An influential committee of MPs has questioned the ability of Lin Homer, permanent secretary of HM Revenue & Customs, to...

  9. March 14, 2013

    Executives exempted from migration rule

    The Home Office has bowed to pressure from business and relaxed an immigration rule that companies had warned was a brake on...

  10. February 28, 2013

    Net UK migration drops by a third

    Net migration to the UK has fallen by a third as a result of sharp declines in the number of overseas students, boosting the...

  11. February 13, 2013

    Cameron raises immigration stakes

    David Cameron on Wednesday raised the stakes in the political battle over immigration, saying he wanted to limit access to...

  12. January 30, 2013

    Universities see rise in applications

    The number of applications for university places has risen, suggesting young people are no longer being deterred by the...

  13. January 20, 2013

    Wealthy divorcees watch Prest test case

    The ex-wife of a wealthy oil executive is heading to the UK’s highest court to challenge a ruling that lawyers have said...

  14. November 29, 2012

    UK net migration down by a quarter

    Senior figures in the higher education sector have expressed grave concerns after the net migration data showed a sharp fall...

  15. November 22, 2012

    Business outcry spurs immigration rethink

    Ministers have introduced changes to immigration rules in response to business criticism. The original immigration reforms –...

  16. November 15, 2012

    Cameron immigration policy under fire

    David Cameron’s immigration policy was under heavy fire on Thursday night, as London mayor Boris Johnson and the boss of the...

  17. April 27, 2012

    Lords issue that can’t be ducked

    From Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean and Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield. Sir, It was disappointing that Jim Pickard...

  18. Westminster Blog

    April 23, 2012

    Lords committee calls for salaried senators

    The joint committee on Lords reform is holding a press conference at 11am but the report is out and it makes interesting*...

  19. Westminster Blog

    April 22, 2012

    Constitutional reform minister tells FT "no pay-offs" for departing peers

    Lords reform is widely seen as a hobbyhorse of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats –yet it is a Tory minister whose task is...

  20. April 22, 2012

    Peers will get no pay-off under reforms

    The Tory minister in charge of a bill on reforming the House of Lords has said there will be no pay-offs for departing...

  21. Westminster Blog

    February 28, 2012

    Exclusive: Lib Dem peers write to Clegg against HoL reform

    The comments by Lord Lee in today’s FT are quite extraordinary. The Lib Dem peer opposes the coalition’s plan to reform the...

  22. February 9, 2012

    Individuals not registering to vote face fines

    Ministers have proposed fining anyone who does not enter their details on the electoral register, in a victory for...

  23. Westminster Blog

    January 19, 2012

    House of Lords tightens disclosure requirements on peers

    Friday will see Mark Harper, Cabinet Office minister, unveil a consultation on a statutory register of lobbyists – with the...

  24. January 19, 2012

    Whitehall to consult on lobbyists’ register

    Proposals to force all lobbyists to join a compulsory register will be set out on Friday as the government moves to toughen...

  25. September 9, 2011

    Commission to address ‘West Lothian Question’

    Ministers are to ask a commission of independent experts to address one of the toughest questions thrown up by devolution:...

  26. September 1, 2011

    Five-year fixed parliaments in jeopardy

    The coalition’s plan for fixed five-year parliamentary terms is in jeopardy as peers threaten to vote in the autumn against...

  27. August 28, 2011

    Reform plan set to spark political turf war

    Back in January peers were forced to debate through the night in a 21-hour marathon of verbosity and time-wasting as Labour...

  28. April 17, 2011

    Movers & shakers: April 18

    ● BlackRock has hired Lee Kempler, former director of knowledge at McKinsey & Co, as inaugural executive director of its...

  29. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2011

    The legal path is cleared for joint election candidates

    The coalition is changing the law to allow the Tories and Lib Dems to put up joint candidates with a single emblem on the...

  30. January 14, 2011

    Day job for Reckitt CFO

    Could it be a new era of deal activity for cigarette filter maker Filtrona as departing Reckitt Benckiser finance director...

  31. January 9, 2011

    Pre-nup safeguards sought by law body

    Lawyers have warned that any future proposals to make pre-nuptial agreements legally binding would need to incorporate...

  32. November 14, 2010

    HK court delivers landmark divorce ruling

    Hong Kong’s highest court has ruled that divorcing couples should receive an equal share of assets in most cases, in a...

  33. November 5, 2010

    Business partners ask for pre-nups

    Wealthy business people ranging from hedge fund managers to ambitious executives in Britain are more frequently being asked...

  34. September 3, 2008

    Jersey case puts focus on haven cash

    Wealthy business people could exploit Jersey and other tax havens in an attempt to shield themselves from big money divorce...

  35. August 16, 2008

    Cover Story: The Spoils Of War - Part 2

    Would you say "I do" to a pre-nup? YouGov asked adults who are not married or in a civil partnership if they would consider...

  36. June 26, 2008

    The great divide

    Prurient readers of the daily press waited eagerly for details of the divorce settlement between Sir Paul McCartney and...

  37. June 11, 2008

    Lawyers try to clarify 'prenup' deals

    City bankers and hedge fund managers who have delayed tying the knot over fears their union will end in an expensive...

  38. June 11, 2008

    Lawyers try to clarify ‘prenup’ deals

    City bankers and hedge fund managers who have delayed tying the knot over fears their union will end in an expensive divorce...

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